London Calling


MapHook recently teamed up with Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS), a wireless network benchmarking firm, to create a cool map showing the results of their “mobile coverage” tests on commuter trains in and around jolly old London, England. Their focus was testing the 10 most popular daily commuter train routes into London.

Tickets please! GWS engineers conducted their testing over a period of two weeks by riding to and fro on the commuter trains – taking measurements, attempting voice calls, testing data speeds, popping Smarties, etc. The idea was to determine how bad or good the coverage and how slow or fast the connectivity including where on the route, why, and by whom (operator performance)!

Call failures, blocks, signal strength, data connectivity – all sorts of data was collected, formulated and studied. And all the big UK operators were tested including 3, EE, O2 and Vodafone. Once GWS’s engineers finished their analysis, they provided MapHook with the results and we got to work doing what we do best, MAPPING!

Our interactive map shows the best mobile operators and how they performed for voice, 3G data and 4G data on their mobile networks. London commuters you are not crazy – GWS’s results show where your calls and data connections drop and why!

Fun Facts from GWS’s Tests: 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks and 1 in 7 voice calls attempted on the commuter train routes failed during testing. Want to see more – click here to see a summary of GWS’s findings – these guys were busy!

Incredible Coverage: From the media that is — sorry commuters not so much on the train routes. BBC, Wired, The Times, The Telegraph, Huffington Post and many others showed a lot of interest in GWS’s test results and included our map in their coverage! If you have some time – go to GWS’s website and check out all the articles.

Viva Las Vegas Selfies

MapHook has partnered with Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS) again for another cool map project. This time we used our mapping skills to create a content rich map of the most popular hot spots in Las Vegas to take a selfie. GWS’s luckiest engineers got to hang out in Vegas and take measurements to determine upload speeds at these happening destinations – 21 locations in total to be precise.


This is not just any map of well-known places in Las Vegas – our Selfie Map provides you the upload speeds ranked across the top hot spots – all the major networks were tested: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Now you know where to go to quickly upload your selfie to MapHook! Do I hear wedding bells in your future?

Let’s Play Monopoly

Monopoly board from 1st article

Did you know that MapHook created a very unusual interactive “Monopoly” map for wireless benchmarking gurus, Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS).  Yes – the famous board game Monopoly.  It’s actually quite an interesting story!  GWS recently roamed the streets of London – near famous Monopoly locations, 21 in total, and collected network coverage data involving the big four UK mobile operators (3, O2, EE, and Vodafone) .  By “coverage data” we mean that GWS’s engineers tested the voice and data networks – collecting stats on dropped calls, blocks, signal strength, data speeds, etc.

GWS didn’t just do this because it’s what their very good at and because they love the game of Monopoly. They did all this extensive testing because they were asked by The Register – a very well-known and respected source of techy-type news in the UK.

The original Monopoly board was based on locations all around London; so, on behalf of The Register, GWS engineers packed up their sophisticated test equipment and jetted off to London town. After collecting, testing and analyzing, GWS’s brain trust gave their findings to MapHook to develop this cool interactive map.

To have the real Monopoly feel and look, we added a custom border around the map with all the original locations and we included a few new interpretations but you’ll have to check out the map yourself to see! Also, on the map, viewers can find GWS test results for voice, 3G data and 4G data displayed at each location.  We worked closely with GWS’s engineers to understand the results and present in a way that was easy for the average reader (and us!) to understand.

Check out The Register’s article to find out more about GWS’s test results. And do not pass Go! Do not collect $200 until you check our Map!

MapHook creates Artist Map for National Portrait Gallery

MapHook has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to build an Artist Map featuring artists, of course, that were or will be involved in NPG’s prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.  The Portrait Competition is only held every three years; artists from all over the U.S. are invited to submit contemporary portraiture.


Currently the Artist Map features artists that were finalists in the 2013 competition including the city and state where they hail from, a view of the portrait that they submitted plus a link to the their website.  Check it out – there are some great portraits!   MapHook is also working with NPG to provide social mapping for registrants in the upcoming 2016 Competition.  So keep checking back and watch NPG’s Artist Map grow in cool content!

Win an iPhone 6 from MapHook!

MapHook is running a cool contest with our friends at Digital Trends – you could win an iPhone 6! It’s real easy to enter – just click on the link below. You’ll be done in a flash so while you’re there – check out the nice things mentioned by Digital Trends about our app. Contest runs till the end of this Saturday.

Take a chance, win big and create beautiful hooks!

Link to MapHook Digital Trends iPhone Giveaway

MapHook iPhone 6 Contest


(e)merge with MapHook

(e)merge slider for art fair

As you know from our past blogs, MapHook and (e)merge have teamed up to bring viewers an interactive map that helps promote emerging artists from all over world. In addition, once a year the (e)merge Art Fair is held in Washington, D.C. where the good folks at (e)merge bring together these emerging artists and connect them with collectors, curators, and cultural decision makers. This years’ fourth edition of the (e)merge Art Fair will be held October 2nd - 5th, at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.   If you’re in the area, you should check it out – it’s a fantastic array of events, discussions, and get-togethers, and, of course, incredible displays of art!

There are so many artists around the world eager to put their works of art on display for others to see, but what if they can’t attend the fair in Washington, D.C.? This is where our interactive map has become a key tool for many, allowing emerging artists and art collectors to create Hooks pinning their locations to the Map. Within these Hooks, users can socialize – share gallery names, images, videos and links of or about their artwork.

 Check out the Map on the (e)merge website at

MapHookers! If you are in attendance of the (e)merge Art Fair don’t forget to create your own Hook/Story about the event!

MapHook’s New York TV Show Map

New York City has been iconic in the entertainment industry for decades now. Whether you are a local resident or a tourist, the filming of TV shows can be seen throughout New York City daily.

MapHook has added another interactive map to our CultureHook project, the New York TV Show Map. Through our newest interactive map users can explore New York in a way they may have never thought, with Hooks pinned to actual filming locations.

Friends_The Apartment photo

Remember the ever popular show Friends? This year marked the  20th anniversary from when the show first aired on television and what better way to celebrate than with a quick stop at the “Central Perk” coffee shop.

Friends_Central Perk Pop Up Coffee Shop

Although this is not a real location, one coffee shop has brought New Yorkers their own “Central Perk” for a limited time.

This is just one instance where our new NY TV Show Map can help you find all the locations that have been made famous by your favorite shows! From Friends to newly famous Orange is the New Black, explore the locations you may see on television everyday.  If you don’t, you may be walk by a iconic spot and never know it!

You can find MapHook’s NY TV Show Map on our website or through our mobile app which is available on the Google Play Store and iTunes.

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